International Walk to School Day is Wednesday.
Tyler Norris, vice president of Kaiser Permanente's Total Health Partnerships, says the goal is to teach kids and their families the health and environmental benefits of walking in their own communities.
"Walking to school is great for brain development of kids, so they perform better in school," Norris said. "And, walking as a parent with your kids to school, not only your own but with your neighbors' kids, allows you to connect more fully with your own and with neighbors and get to know them."
In Birmingham, some neighborhoods have started "walking school buses", where groups of kids walk together with a parent or volunteer.
"We need to invest in safe, walkable neighborhoods, support kids in being able to walk to school, support the ability to walk or bike to transit and transit to work," he said. "We need to help people build walking into their day."
For more information about the campaign to get America walking check out: EverybodyWalks.org.